By Glenys Furness
- Dan Evans strolls into round 2
- Brydan Klein wins in straight sets
- Impressive victories in Vancouver
Vancouver, CANADA – Dan Evans and Brydan Klein both eased into round two of the Vancouver Open, here is a round up of the challenger event.
Dan Evans and Brydan Klein were both in action in the Odlum Brown Van Open in Vancouver, playing their first round action. Klein had drawn Austin Krajicek (USA) a distant cousin of the Dutch player Richard Krajicek.
In the first set Klein won 100% of his first serve points and served four aces. The American was not able to get a look in on the Brits serve as Klein face no break points in the first set. Krajicek had a higher first serve percentage (FSP) at 64%, however he did not win all the points behind the serve, and facing two break points he could only save one of them as the Brit went on to take the set 6-4.
The second set was very similar as Klein served up six aces and won 87% of his first serve points. The American was starting to get a handle on the serve though and Klein eventually faced two break points in this set, both were saved. Again the Brit earned himself two break points on the American serve and managed to convert one, this was the important one as Klein took the set and match 6-3.
After Klein, Evans stepped onto court. He had drawn fellow qualifier Radek Stepanek. The player from Czech Republic had been ranked as high as number eight in the world. Evans played very well and in the first set the FSP was 54% compared to Stepanek’s 68%, however, more importantly for the Brit was the points won on first serve. Evans stood at 80% to the Czech’s 61% this also showed in the break points saved, in which Evans saved both the break points he faced, whilst successfully obtaining the crucial break of serve to take the set 6-4.
In the second set the Brit showed just how much he wanted it by winning 100% of his first serves, taking two break points. Evans dominated the set raising his FSP to 72%, not allowing the Czech to get any break points on serve. The Brit who is much lower ranked than Stepanek had the determination to take the match, as the Czech struggled to keep pace with Evans, who appeared to be breaking at will. The match ended with the Brit winning 6-4, 6-1 to move into round three.
Coverage of the Odlum Brown Van Open continues all week along with Cincinnati